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  • Summary: This is the sixth studio album for the indie rock band led by David Berman.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Lookout Sea paradoxically Silver Jews' most complex and most accessible work to date. Better yet, it improves with each listen, as more and more nuances and links are revealed.
  2. 80
    However unappetizing it may first appear, this is grimly funny food for thought.
  3. If this isn’t the band’s best yet, it’s still damn good.
  4. While his deadpanned wit is ever the disarming device on the band’s sixth album, Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea, it’s balanced with a decidedly sober appraisal of life’s monumental hardships and meager redemptions. [Summer 2008]
  5. Lookout doesn’t have the feel of a major step forward for the Silver Jews: sonically, it falls pretty comfortably between "Bright Flight" and "Tanglewood" and doesn’t have the sort of big events that marked those two records.
  6. A warm, enjoyable effort, but perhaps short on the Jews' best asset: Berman himself.
  7. 40
    At his best, Berman used to refract sage-with-guitar tropes into dryly perverse insights; but this time he's just smothering them in weird phrases. [July 2008, p.76]

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  1. NicholasC
    Jun 18, 2008
    One of the best Silver Jews albums easily. Outstanding lyrics all around, hardly a skippable track to be found. Big improvement on Tanglewood Numbers. Carrie's singing is better than ever and doesn't feel forced on any of the tracks. Highly recommended. Expand